From the International Medical Informatics Association

World Health Statistics 2011

World Health Statistics 2011, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) contains WHO’s annual compilation of health-related data for its 193 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets.

The full report is available in three languages (English, French and Spanish) and available from:

WHO Global Health Observatory is an additional resource, now with over 50 databases and analyses and more than 800 indicators easily accessible through a single entry point from the top menu of WHO’s web site under “Data and Statistics”. See

Acknowledgement: thanks to Dr Patricia Abbott and the GANM (Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery Communities of Practice – initiative for this update.

May 31, 2011 Posted by | WHO | , | Leave a comment

CDC 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is open for the 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference  to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on August 21–August 24, 2011.

The theme this year’s event is Engaging, Empowering, Evolving…Together Abstracts are invited for four areas: Call for Abstract Presentations, Call for Posters, Call for Computer Demonstrations, and Call for Panels – abstract acceptance deadline is April 18th, 2011 at:

The event is organised under the auspices of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – –  and includes many co-sponsors.

Thanks to the PAHO/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing email list for information on this call and event.

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March 26, 2011 Posted by | conference, education, USA, WHO | , , , , | Leave a comment

PAHO –Cochrane Iberoamericana Network Award 2011

Health Agenda for the Americas 2008 — 2017
Theme: Strengthening the Health Systems in the Americas

Deadline to submit works: 20 June, 2011 Full information (in English and Spanish) is available at

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) supports and promotes development and the use of research in order to improve life and the well-being of the populations of the Americas, as is reflected in the PAHO Policy of Research for Health (

Thanks to a kind contribution of the “Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo” (AECID), PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, created this award to: recognize systematic reviews and protocols that promote the Health Agenda for the Americas 2008-2017 agreed by the governments of the Americas in 2007; promote the development of new reviews; and inspire young researchers to contribute systematic reviews that guide research that contribute to informed decisions for health.

The theme of this year’s context is Strengthening the Health Systems in the Americas, its objective is to promote research that contributes to robust health systems through Cochrane Reviews. An award will be given to one systematic review and one protocol that responds to current research questions relevant to the health systems in the Americas.

The prize will be awarded on 22 October 2011 during the XIX Cochrane Colloquium taking place in Madrid, Spain on 19-22 October (

A panel of credited investigators will preselect the protocols and reviews among works already published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in The Cochrane Library or the Library Cochrane Plus between January 2009 and June 20 of 2011. Systematic reviews and protocols not published in these libraries will also be taken into account; those should be sent to the Pan American Health Organization, no later than 20 June 2011 with a subject line “Cochrane 2011 Award.”

Premio OPS – Red Cochrane Iberoamericana
Agenda de Salud para las Américas 2008 — 2017
Tema: Fortalecimiento de los Sistemas de Salud de las Américas

Fecha límite para someter trabajos: 20 de junio 2011. –

Gracias a una gentil contribución de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), la OPS/OMS en colaboración con la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, crearon este premio para: reconocer las revisiones sistemáticas y protocolos que impulsen la Agenda de Salud para las Américas 200820017 acordada por los gobiernos de las Américas en 2007; promover el desarrollo de nuevas revisiones; e inspirar a los jóvenes investigadores a contribuir con revisiones sistemáticas a orientar la investigación que contribuye a informar las decisiones para la salud.

Bases del Proceso: El tema de este año es “Fortalecimiento de los Sistemas de Salud de las Américas” y tiene como objetivo promocionar la investigación que contribuya a fortalecer los sistemas de salud, mediante revisiones Cochrane. Se premiará una revisión sistemática y un protocolo que contesten preguntas vigentes a la investigación en sistemas de salud que sean relevantes a las Américas.

El premio se entregará el 22 de octubre durante el XIX Coloquio de la Colaboración Cochrane que se realizará en Madrid, España, del 19 al 22 de octubre 2011.

February 7, 2011 Posted by | Latin America, WHO | Leave a comment

WHO Global Observatory for eHealth Series Publication on Telemedicine

Telemedicine – Opportunities and developments in Member States is the latest publication in the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth ( series.

Published in January 2011, this 96 page document is part of a series of reports based on the second Global Observatory on eHealth (GOe) Survey, and is the result of a productive collaboration between the GOe and the University of British Columbia, eHealth Policy Unit.. Available for download as a PDF file ( – 3.5MB). WHO ISBN 978 92 4 156414 4 – 13 January 2011.

This second volume of the Global Observatory for eHealth series examines trends in the uptake of telemedicine, from the well established to newly emerging telemedicine applications, with an emphasis on the needs of developing countries. The publication is targeted at telemedicine practitioners and policymakers in health and information technology, as well as health care practitioners interested in adopting telemedicine services. The data and information would be useful for planning and evaluation of telemedicine services.

January 17, 2011 Posted by | WHO | , , , , | Leave a comment

WHO Atlas – eHealth Country Profiles

The World Health Organization (WHO) publication “Atlas – ehealth Country Profiles” is available for download from the WHO’s Global Observatory for eHealth website.

This 240 page publication (available as a PDF file, 5MB at or via is intended as a reference to the state of eHealth development, presenting data on the 114 WHO Member States that participated in the 2009 global survey on eHealth. Individual country profiles feature 50 key indicators in eHealth foundation actions as well as specific eHealth applications.

The objectives of the individual country profiles (available via are to:
• describe the current status of the use of ICT for health in Member States; and
• provide information concerning the progress of eHealth applications in these countries.

January 10, 2011 Posted by | WHO | , | Leave a comment

PAHO/WHO/NLM-NIH Event on Public Health Information – Innovations Exchange

A Panel on how the technologies and new paradigms of content aggregation are changing the relationship between people and institutions with respect to eHealth will be held on November 18, 2010 from 10:00 – 12:30 EST at the PAHO/WHO offices, 525 23rd NW, Washington DC, USA.

Full information for interested physical and virtual participants is available on the PAHO/WHO new portal on eHealth For Development (

The purpose of the event is to heighten awareness about Innovative tools on how to access Public Health Information, and to expand horizons on new ways to share and exchange information. It is part of the PAHO/WHO/NLM-NIH Series on Public Health Information – Innovations Exchanges. The event is aimed at Public Health Professionals, working in areas such as Information Systems, Knowledge management, Decision Support Systems, Libraries, Web Development health informatics, eHealth experts, Database management, researchers, and other public health workers.

The event will be chaired by Marcelo D’Agostino, PAHO/WHO Knowledge Management and Communications Manager, and Steven J. Phillips, Director, Specialized Information Services, Associate Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Panellists will be:

  • David Hale, NLM-NIH US National Library of Medicine;
  • Peter Murray, CEO, IMIA International Medical Informatics Association;
  • Charles Friedman, Chief Scientific Officer US Department of health and Human Services;
  • Patricia Abbott, Johns Hopkins Univ. PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Knowledge, Information Management, Sharing; and
  • Elizabeth Ashbourne – Health, Nutrition, and Population Human Development Network, The World Bank.

The PAHO/WHO new portal on eHealth For Development is available at and has both English and Spanish language ersions.

November 8, 2010 Posted by | conference, education, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment

PAHO/WHO Seek Managing Editor for Pan American Journal of Public Health

While perhaps not centrally within our members’ interests in health and biomedial informatics, the following vacancy may be of interest to some of our members/readers or their colleagues. Please note that all queries should be directed to PAHO/WHO, and not to IMIA.

Vacant post for the Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health – Application Deadline: 5 November 2010

The Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO, is announcing a vacancy for managing editor. The principal functions of this post will be to manage, in close collaboration with the editor-in-chief, the flow of manuscripts and the peer review process, in order to ensure quality control and compliance with editorial policies. The chief requirements for the position are: a university degree in the health sciences or a related field, preferably in public health; good knowledge of English and Spanish; and experience in scientific journal editing and publishing.

Post description available at:

Vacante en la Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health

La Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health, publicada por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, OPS/OMS anuncia la vacante de editor ejecutivo. La principal función de esa posición es administrar, en estrecha colaboración con el editor en jefe, el proceso de revisión por pares y el flujo de de los manuscritos, desde la recepción hasta la aceptación o rechazo, para mantener el control de calidad y cumplir con las políticas editoriales. Los principales requisitos para la posición son: grado universitario en ciencias de la salud o áreas afines, preferentemente en salud pública; buen conocimiento de inglés y español; y experiencia editorial en revistas científicas.

La descripción completa de ese puesto está disponible en:

Vaga na equipe da Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health

A Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health, publicada pela Organização Pan-americana da Saúde, anuncia vaga para editor executivo. A função principal do cargo será gerenciar, em estreita colaboração com o editor chefe, o fluxo de recebimento e aprovação de artigos e o processo de revisão por pares, para manter o controle de qualidade e dar cumprimento às políticas editoriais. Os principais requisitos para o cargo são: título universitário em ciências da saúde ou áreas correlatas, preferencialmente na área de saúde pública, bom conhecimento de inglês e espanhol, e experiência em edição de revistas científicas.

A descrição completa do cargo está disponível em:

October 5, 2010 Posted by | journals, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment